The Physiology of Taste: Or Transcendental Gastronomy

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The Floating Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Cooking - 427 pages
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826) has been credited with founding the genre of the gastronomic essay, together with Grimod. A French lawyer and politician, Brillat-Savarin believed that all food, no matter how simple, should be prepared and consumed with great artistry. Though prosaic, his meditations on food are still considered important, and should be read in the leisurely, artistic way he approached food: "Those persons who suffer from indigestion, or who become drunk, are utterly ignorant of the true principles of eating and drinking."
 

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Contents

Biographical Sketch
7
Aphorisms of the Professor
12
Biography
22
Preface
28
PART FIRST
37
Meditation I The Senses
38
Meditation II Taste
49
Meditation III Gastronomy
71
Meditation XX Influence of Diet on Rest Sleep and Dreams
282
Meditation XXI Obesity
288
Meditation XXII Preservative Treatment and Cure of Obesity
304
Meditation XXIII Thinness
316
Meditation XXIV Fasting
323
Meditation XXV Exhaustion
330
Meditation XXVI Death
335
Meditation XXVII Philosophical History of the Kitchen
339

Meditation IV Appetite
82
Meditation V Food in Germs
92
Meditation VI Food in Germs
104
Meditation VII Theory of Frying
164
Meditation VIII On Thirst
171
Meditation IX On Drinks
181
Meditation X An Episode on the End of the World
186
Meditation XI On Gourmandise
190
Meditation XII Gourmands
202
Meditation XIII Gastronomical Tests
221
Meditation XIV On the Pleasures of the Table
226
Meditation XV Haltes De Chasse
243
Meditation XVI On Digestion
247
Meditation XVII Repose
258
Meditation XVIII Sleep
264
Meditation XIX Dreams
268
Meditation XXVIII Restaurateurs
357
PART SECOND
361
Varieties
364
I Lomelette Du Cure
365
II A National Victory
370
III Mystification of the Professor and Defeat of a General
375
IV The Snare
380
V The Turbot
383
VI Pheasants
385
VII Gastronomical Industry of the Emigres
389
VIII Recollections of the Emigration
394
Miscellany
407
Conclusion
418
Endnotes
419
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